tom·​cat | \ ˈtäm-ˌkat How to pronounce tomcat (audio) \

Definition of tomcat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male domestic cat


tomcatted; tomcatting; tomcats

Definition of tomcat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to seek sexual gratification promiscuously : cat often used with around

Examples of tomcat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s because her mother was gray and white and her father was a big orange tomcat. Karen Jones, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2021 My in-laws have a large black-and-white tomcat—generally friendly, but with one notably unfriendly habit: hunting pigeons. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Koudounaris learned of an army tomcat named the Colonel, for example, who was stationed at San Francisco’s Presidio in the 1890s and was said to be the best mouser the army ever had. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2020 If the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs, blame it on the dirty yellow laundry that keeps getting sprayed all over the field like the work of the neighborhood tomcat. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 23 Nov. 2020 The multi-platinum R&B singer-songwriter and dancer recently made his movie debut in Cats, playing the tomcat Rum Tum Tugger opposite the likes of Taylor Swift and Judi Dench. Rebecca Sun, Billboard, 16 Jan. 2020 And the real Martha Washington didn’t name a tomcat after Hamilton. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2019 Rumor has it tomcats were brought in to control ubiquitous rats at the aging prison, said Mr. Pica. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2017 The four-foot high, stainless steel tomcat is set to be placed on a roughly four-foot high base at the entrance to East Aurora High School's new stadium, which is currently under construction, football coach Kurt Becker said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, 18 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of tomcat


1789, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Tomcat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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tom·​cat | \ ˈtäm-ˌkat How to pronounce tomcat (audio) \

Kids Definition of tomcat

: a male cat

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